EL CENTRO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents stopped multiple narcotics smuggling attempts in 24 hours.
The first incident occurred Monday at approximately 11:01 p.m., when a man driving a 2004 black Ford Ranger approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle in the primary inspection lane. Agents directed the vehicle to enter the secondary inspection area for further investigation.
During inspection, agents discovered several plastic wrapped packages hidden inside a gym bag. The package contents yielded a positive result for the characteristics of methamphetamine and heroin when tested with a narcotics test kit.
The total weight of the methamphetamine discovered was approximately 4.6 pounds with an estimated value of $10,350.
The total weight of the heroin discovered was approximately 77.5 grams with an estimated value of $4,050.
El Centro Sector turned over the 53-year-old United States citizen, the narcotics and vehicle to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The second incident occurred Tuesday morning at approximately 6:40 a.m., near the intersection of G. Anaya and Second Street in the city of Calexico. Remote Video Surveillance Operators notified agents of packages thrown over the border wall from Mexico. Agents responded and found six plastic wrapped packages lying on the ground.
The agents seized and transported the packages back to the Calexico Border Patrol Station for further processing.
At the station, the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine. The total weight was 6.3 pounds with an estimated street value of $14,175.
El Centro Sector turned over the six narcotic packages to the DEA.
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